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Enforcement begins in year-long campaign to cut down on speeding on stretch of I-75 in Kenton Co.

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Don’t put the pedal to the metal in Northern Kentucky, as a year-long campaign against dangerous driving on Interstate 75 begins Oct. 1 in Kenton County.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are partnering with four local law enforcement agencies to increase patrols from the Ohio River to the I-275 interchange in Erlanger.

A crash scene in Northern Kentucky, which is plan to crack down on speeding over the next year. (TRIMARC photo, via Kentucky Today)

“The collaboration between Kenton County, Erlanger, Fort Mitchell, and Covington, demonstrates the solidarity these agencies have for keeping our Interstate safe for those traveling on these highly utilized roadways,” said Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette.

Officers will be issuing traffic citations for drivers displaying aggressive and dangerous driving behavior such as speeding, improper lane change, following too close, distracted driving, reckless driving, and other violations.

“We appreciate the KOHS and NHTSA’s assistance in providing financial support to make intestate travel safer for all commuters, particularly for residents in the Northern Kentucky region,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman.

Local officials say the concentrated effort on that stretch of I-75 is due to the high number of speed-related crashes.

“We receive numerous complaints about too many motorists and truckers on I-75 driving recklessly and/or too fast for conditions,” Covington Police Chief Rob Nader stated.” We can reduce these complaints and the accidents they cause through enforcement. Through this program from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, Covington Police will work with its sister agencies to make sure our families get to where they’re going safely.”

Erlanger Police say this section of I-75 has an unacceptable high rate of crashes per year. Traffic congestion, roadway configuration, unfamiliar motorists and aggressive driving behaviors appear to be the root causes of many traffic crashes.

The region is experiencing substantial growth with the increased volume of global commercial businesses expanding their footprint near the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. Too many people have been killed and injured in traffic crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph, and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.

The federally funded speed and aggressive driving enforcement campaign runs through Sept. 30, 2020.

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